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Shadwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: the June meeting of the YCA started with the business and this was kept to a minimum because the speaker had already arrived. Elizabeth read out the important notices from the newsletter. There is to be a celebratory service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the YCA in York Minster on Wednesday, June 26 at 11 am. Yorkshire Day on Thursday, August 1 is to be celebrated with a fashion Show at Wetherby Golf Club at 2pm. Names for this event were taken and tickets will be obtained. It has been decided not to hold the Macmillan coffee morning this year because several members of the committee are on holiday. Raffle prizes for the horticultural show have been requested and gifts to go into the hamper. The speaker for the evening was Hannah from the Marie Curè Cancer care charity; Hannah is the West Yorkshire fund raising for Marie Curè. Marie Curè nurses care for all terminally ill patients not just for cancer patients. Marie Curè cancer care was founded in 1948, the same year as the NHS; the charity was started with the donation of a diamond engagement ring which was auctioned for £4,000. There are 10 nurses in Leeds, the nurses work through the night to give family members a break from caring for the patient, they give nursing care, emotional care and support to both patient and family. Their shift is from 10pm until 7am however sometimes they can give daytime care. The nearest Marie Curè hospice is the Bradford Hospice. Everyone is familiar with the daffodils sold each April to raise money for the charity last year £37,000 was raised in Leeds. It costs £20 per hour for a nurse and £180 for the full shift. This means they have to raise £10,000 every hour to fund the nursing care for a year. The charity is different from the Macmillan nurses in that they nurse all terminally cases and not just cancer patients, Macmillan nurses also only visit for one hour to give advice etc. There is to be a sponsored 10 kilometre walk at Harewood House on Saturday, August 10, this is a twilight walk and anyone can register to do this walk. Hannah also told the members about the Blooming Great Tea Party, this is a request for people to hold a tea party this summer in June and July. It was decided the YCA would have a Blooming Great Tea Party in the village hall on Monday, July 22 at 2pm in the village hall. Tickets are available at £2 for tea and cake. Patricia thanked Hannah for her interesting talk. The next meeting is on Friday, July 12 when we will welcome John Gilleghan MBE, John has visited the YCA several times and his talks are always very interesting this time he will tell us about his visit to Petra and the Levant. Members were reminded that the meeting on August 9 will be the strawberry tea and social afternoon held in the village hall from 2-4pm. This is instead of the evening meeting and is open to friends and family. Tickets for the strawberry tea are now available.